I spent yesterday with a whole bunch of excellent K-12 social studies teachers – discussing how we can integrate iPads into instruction. I shared some ideas. They shared some ideas. We did some app throwdowns and as a result, I learned about some sweet apps that I had not heard about before.

I promised the group that I would share out the best stuff so . . . here it is, a list of seven sweet social studies apps that I just learned about:

The World in Figures
The Economist World in Figures iPad edition displays facts and figures for more than 190 countries around the world. Rank and compare countries, test your knowledge of country-related trivia and share fun facts via Twitter and Facebook.

Disney Learning Presidents
Take a seat in the Oval Office and flip through the Unofficial Oval Office Scrapbook, where some of the most important, and sometimes most surprising, presidential milestones are recorded.

Archiving Early America
Discover early America’s historic sites as you tour the 13 original colonies. Each colony offers guideposts to visit the historic places that are part of the American heritage. Prepare for your trip with locations, visiting hours, directions — everything you need for your visit to America’s historic sites. Plus, easy GPS routing shows you how to find your way to each site.

Virtual Rome
A fantastic voyage to Ancient Rome, the capital of the largest empire in the ancient world, which has been reconstructed in virtual form and which you can explore in a “full-immersion” panoramic experience.

The States
Explore the states were formed, from the original thirteen to the fifty states of today. You also have access to every presidential election, through both maps and description popups.

ArcGIS is a great way to discover and use maps. Tap on the map or use your current location and discover information about what you see. You can query the map, search and find interesting information, measure distances and areas of interest, find community hosted maps, create your own maps, and share them with others.

Discovery and Exploration Maps
This app is a rich illustrated collection highlighting how great explorers increases our knowledge about their lives and discoveries. The oldest map dates back to 84 CE and the most recent from 1854. There are some amazing old drawings and details.